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The making of social policy in Britain, 1830-1990 /
Kathleen Jones.
2nd ed.
London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone Press, 1994.
xii, 274 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
0485121042 (pbk.) :
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London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone Press, 1994.
0485121042 (pbk.) :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [252]-265) and index.
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In this short history of social policy since the early 19th century in England (not including Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland), Jones (University of York) surveys the major developments in social welfare and policy formulation. Her summaries of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, Chadwick and public health reform, 19th-century voluntary action, the 1909 Poor Law commission, and the Beveridge Report and the influences of WW II are models of judicious and clear thinking. The brevity of Jones's compass does not allow her to explain fully the unraveling in the 1960s and 1970s of earlier consensus on welfare provision but, overall, her study puts the 1980s into clear focus, nonetheless. Jones rightly rejects notions of an inevitable historical progression toward the elimination of poverty associated with the ideal of a welfare state, and clearly summarizes the fundamental challenge to the consensus on social welfare as a collective right of citizenship posed by Thatcherism. This is the best short, introductory work for students of social work and social policy now available, although it does not supplant the fuller studies of pre-1980 social welfare history by Pat Thane (The Foundations of the Welfare State, 1982) and Derek Fraser (The Evolution of the British Welfare State, CH, Dec'73). M. J. Moore Appalachian State University
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Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Old Problems and New Economicsp. 1
The Poor and the Poor Lawp. 13
Dirt, Disease and Dangerp. 25
Voluntary Actionp. 42
Darkest England and the Poverty Surveysp. 57
Bypassing the Poor Lawp. 69
Victorian Values or Socialist Visions?p. 82
The Liberal Answerp. 95
The Hungary Thirtiesp. 104
War, Peace and the Beveridge Planp. 120
Setting up the 'Welfare State'p. 134
Problems of Expansionp. 149
Problems of Contractionp. 166
All Changep. 188
Epiloguep. 212
Appendix I Political Parties in Power since 1830p. 215
Appendix II Biographical Notesp. 217
Notes and Sourcesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 252
Indexp. 267
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